Quest 1995-1996

Engine Oil & Filter

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Oil & Filter Change



Specific to:

Mercury Villager 1993-2000

Nissan Quest 1993-2000

While earlier model maintenance schedules recommend changing the oil filter at every other oil change, we recommend a filter change with EVERY oil change. Refer to the maintenance interval charts at the end of this section for the vehicle manufacturer-s recommended service interval.


CAUTION
The EPA warns that prolonged contact with used engine oil may cause a number of skin disorders, including cancer! You should make every effort to minimize your exposure to used engine oil. Protective gloves should be worn when changing the oil. Wash your hands and any other exposed skin areas as soon as possible after exposure to used engine oil. Soap and water, or waterless hand cleaner should be used.

  1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on a level surface with the transmission in park and the parking brake applied.
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  3. If the engine is cold, start it and let it reach normal operating temperature. Then turn the engine OFF .
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  5. Raise and safely support the front of the vehicle securely on jackstands.
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  7. Raise the hood and remove the oil filler cap.
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  9. Place a large drain pan under the oil pan drain plug.
    CAUTION
    The engine and engine oil are hot and may cause burns.

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  11. Loosen the drain plug with a wrench. Gently hold in on the drain plug as it is unscrewed to prevent oil from escaping until the plug is fully removed.
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  13. Allow the oil to drain fully.
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  15. Clean the drain plug and inspect it for stripped threads or damage. Be sure to inspect the drain plug sealing washer for cracks or damage. Replace either part if needed.
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  17. Install the drain plug and tighten to 22-29 ft. lbs. (29-39 Nm).
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  19. Place a drain pan under the oil filter.
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  21. Loosen the oil filter with a filter wrench, then finish removing the filter by hand.
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  23. Before installing the new filter, clean the oil filter mounting surface on the engine, and coat the rubber seal on the filter with fresh oil.
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  25. Install the filter by hand until the seal makes contact with the engine, then follow the filter manufacturer-s instructions for final tightening.
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  27. Remove the drain pan from under the vehicle.
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  29. Lower the vehicle.
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  31. Fill the engine with the amount of oil specified in the capacity chart at the end of this section and replace the filler cap.
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  33. Start the engine and check the oil pressure warning light or oil pressure gauge for normal oil pressure.
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  35. Turn the engine OFF and inspect the drain plug and filter areas for leaks.
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  37. Check the oil level as described under Engine, Oil Level Check.

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    Fig. The factory engine oil drain plug can be removed using a 14mm wrench



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    Fig. Before installing a new oil filter, lightly coat the rubber gasket with clean oil

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Oil Level Check



Specific to:

Mercury Villager 1993-2000

Nissan Quest 1993-2000

Every time you stop for fuel, the engine oil should be checked as follows:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is parked on a level surface with the transmission in park and the parking brake applied.
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  3. If the engine is cold, start it and let it reach normal operating temperature.
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  5. Turn the engine OFF and allow a few minutes for the oil to drain back into the oil pan.
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  7. Open the hood and locate the engine oil dipstick.
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  9. Remove the dipstick and wipe it clean. Reinsert it all the way in.
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  11. Remove the dipstick, holding it horizontally, and check the oil level. It should be between the H (high) and L (low) marks. If the oil level is below the L (low) mark, remove the oil filler cap and add oil. Approximately one quart of oil will raise the level from the L mark to the H mark.
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  13. Replace the dipstick. If oil was added, recheck the oil level.
    WARNING
    Do not overfill the engine oil. Oil level above the H (high) mark may cause engine damage.



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    Fig. Engine oil dipstick location



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    Fig. Engine oil dipstick markings

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